We have a very collaborative team of people. We all learn from each other and bring different sets of skills together on our projects.
Teresa took a long road to becoming a water resources designer. After majoring in biology and environmental studies and volunteering in the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, she worked for nonprofits advocating for better environmental public policies. Realizing that her passion was green infrastructure and helping cities improve their stormwater programs, she became a stormwater geek! After returning to school for a master degree in civil and environmental engineering, now she gets to design stormwater management facilities. In addition to serving on our Green Otak Operations Committee, Teresa coordinates our Green Street Stewards team, which adopted some of the City of Portland’s streetside stormwater planters. A highly active volunteer, Teresa is vice president of Depave, a nonprofit that transforms underused paved areas into community greenspaces. She has also served on the board of Johnson Creek Watershed Council, and she is still on their advisory circle. She is happiest when she is taking a beautiful hike on a sunny day, sitting with a cat sleeping on her lap, or spending time with people she loves.
M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering with a Water Resources Specialization, Portland State University
B.S., Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
Oregon Environmental Council
Johnson Creek Watershed Council